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The big Kena update with New Game+ and more is here – Here are all the patch notes

You can put your skills to the test again with Kena.

You can put your skills to the test again with Kena.

You can now download the new Anniversary Update, 2.02 or 2.002 on the PS5, for Kena: Bridge of Spirits. Developer Ember Lab has announced on its website what this update for the game’s first anniversary has to offer. This time there are some innovations on board as well as the longed-for NewGame+. Here is a little overview for you.

This is how the New Game+ works

So after your first run there is now the possibility to start a new game in which you keep your progress. That means all your collected red, your skills and upgrades are retained for your second playthrough. There is also a complete new opponentsbut also some of the existing bosses will challenge you new attacks out of here.

New collectibles should of course not be missing. For example, they are waiting for you in the New Game+ in special “Green Chests”.

Also found in chests are the so-called Charmstones. These can be used to further modify Kena’s abilities. But there is a catch, these stones offer advantages in combat, but also disadvantages. So it’s entirely up to you how and when you use the Charmstones.

Here you can see the new Charmstones.

Here you can see the new Charmstones.

New game mode: The Spirit Guide Trials

Apart from the NG+, the update also includes new ones Spirit Guide Trialswhich you can access from the Mask Shrine.

These are in turn divided into three categories:

  • obstacle coursewhich challenge both Kena’s bow skills and your timing.
  • wave defencein which you have to survive waves of enemies that are getting stronger and stronger.
  • Boss Reflectswhere you can retake your favorite bosses and perfect your tactics along the way.

In these special challenges, you can test your skills again in all sorts of ways. If you are successful, you can earn fancy new outfits for Kena with the trials.

What else does the update bring?

Otherwise, the new update brings, among other things new bomb skillsa improved photo mode, new accessibility options and one new level of difficulty, the Apprentice Spirit Guide. All owners of the deluxe version still get this shadow outfit and one enhanced soundtrack. And still very important, also for your cuddly red ones new hats hidden in the world.

Kena's shadow outfit is reminiscent of samurai armor.

Kena’s shadow outfit is reminiscent of samurai armor.

Incidentally, you can now enjoy all of these innovations on your PC as well, because the game, which was initially exclusive to Playstation, was also released on Steam for the anniversary.

You can read all the patch notes for yourself here:

  • NewGame+
    • New Game+ will become available after completing an initial playthrough – replay the main story while keeping all collected Rot, abilities, and upgrades.
    • Most New Game+ combat encounters have been updated with new enemies and modified compositions.
    • Special Green Chests with collectibles will become available in New Game+.
    • Many bosses will include new attacks in New Game+.
  • Spirit Guide Trials & Outfits
    • Spirit Guide Trials offer unique challenges to test your skills and earn rewards. Interact with the carving behind the Mask Shrine to take on new Trials as they become available throughout your adventure.
    • Unique Kena Outfits with color variants can be unlocked by completing Spirit Guide Trials and Bonus Objectives.
  • Charmstones, Abilities, & Hats
    • Equipable Charmstones have been hidden throughout the world that will modify Kena’s abilities by granting unique combinations of advantages and disadvantages in combat.
    • Two new Bomb Ability upgrades have been added – Splatter Bomb and Split Bomb.
    • New Rot Hats have been hidden throughout the world.
  • Enhanced Photo Mode
    • Photo Mode has been enhanced with Lighting Setups, Camera Animation, and more.
    • Brand new Poses have been added to Photo Mode.
  • Settings
    • Apprentice Spirit Guide, a new difficulty setting, offers a balance between Story Mode and Spirit Guide settings.
    • Text localization for Polish language has been added.
    • DLSS and Dynamic Resolution support has been added. (PC only)
  • accessibility features
    • UI scaling.
    • Automatic sprint.
    • Subtitle size and background opacity.
    • Toggle input functionally for multiple abilities.
  • Deluxe Edition:
    • Kena: Bridge of Spirits Original Soundtrack has been expanded and remastered.
    • The Shadow outfit has been included as a Deluxe Edition exclusive.

This patch also includes the following fixes:

  • Pre-rendered cutscenes are rendered at higher frame rate to fix frame pacing issues.
  • Difficulty balancing has been improved.

You can watch the launch trailer for Kena again here:

For the launch, Kena: Bridge of Spirits once again shows the magnificent graphics


For the launch, Kena: Bridge of Spirits once again shows the magnificent graphics

Kena Bridge of Spirits is available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The cute action-adventure got a more than decent rating of 87 points in the GamePro test and not only convinced us with its beautiful look, but also with the surprisingly challenging combat system.

How do you like the new update? Will you embark on another adventure with Kena?


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